Thursday, October 20, 2016

Superhero Shows Recap (10/17/16-10/20/16)

Before we start the TV recaps, here's a little movie review!

So, what was the first Marvel feature film to hit theaters? And no, the Captain America movie serial doesn't count. That honor goes to Howard the Duck, produced by Lucasfilm and released in 1986. They initially planned to make this an animated film, but because Lucas was contractually required to produce a live action film for his distributor, the production crew had to figure out how to put Marvel's most cartoony character in front of a camera. The movie was recently released to Blu-Ray, and finding it in a discount bin, I decided to try it out.

Howard (voiced by Chip Zien) lives on a world of anthropomorphic ducks when he's suddenly pulled from his home by a mysterious laser beam and brought to Earth. He meets Beverly Switzler (Lea Thompson), the lead singer of a band, which he winds up becoming the new manager of. A friend helps them match Howard to the science lab that made the laser beam, where they learn another test has brought a dangerous being called the Dark Overlord of the Universe to Earth, and he wants to bring the rest of his kind, and they will eliminate all other life.

Going in expecting a weird, goofy movie that isn't quite the best (your reputation precedes you, Howard), the movie really wasn't bad. It was pretty enjoyable, actually. Just get over seeing a female duck without a bra and Beverly finding a condom in Howard's wallet. It's a goofy, wacky movie and one of those that has to be seen to be believed.

Nerd bonus: the opening of the movie actually explains the multiverse concept.

Supergirl - "The Last Children of Krypton": As Superman concludes his visit to National City, the newly-risen Metallo strikes. Cat Grant turns her office over to Snapper Carr (Ian Gomez) as she takes leave of her company. Kara considers a major shakeup in her life, which upsets Alex (Chyler Leigh) before the two sisters decide what family really means. Supergirl has completed its move to the CW and it's as good as ever.

Gotham - "Anything for You": As a gang called the Red Hoods begins to terrorize Gotham, Penguin goes to any lengths to stop them. Eddie begins investigating with the GCPD again. Bruce and Jim take their search for Ivy to Selina. Alice's blood appears to be a bigger concern than you'd think.

Lucifer - "Lady Parts": As yet another crime is investigated, Lucifer's police partner forms a group of fellow lady friends, which includes Mazikeen.

The Flash - "Magenta": Dr. Alchemy is turning people into the super-powered versions of themselves they were in the Flashpoint timeline. New one? Magenta (Joey King). And she's determined to kill her foster father with her metal-controlling powers. Meanwhile, Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanaugh) and his daughter Jesse (Violett Beane) visit from Earth-2 to help Jesse get her recently-emerged super speed under control. Wally—who was in the same incident that gave Jesse her powers—tries to get his own super speed to show up with no luck. Barry and Iris try to have a date with each other.

Agents of SHIELD - "Let Me Stand Next To Your Fire": Daisy and Jemma team up to find Hellfire, while Robbie Reyes/Ghost Rider teams up with Coulson and Mack to find some information about a mysterious book the ghostly entities at SHIELD are also interested in. Agent May recovers from her near death with the help of Fitz.

Arrow - "A Matter Of Trust": Diggle is sent to jail and meets a live Deadshot, his cellmate. The new Team Arrow continues their training. Thea tries to fix a blunder in announcing Quentin Lance as deputy mayor by causing even worse talk in the media. Drug dealer Derek Sampson (Cody Rhodes) is made immune to pain and super strong after falling into a chemical after getting shot, so he plans even bigger crimes. Oliver has to re-evaluate his leadership methods once again.

Legends of Tomorrow - "The Justice Society of America": After completing a mission in 1942, the Legends encounter the Justice Society of America, who tell them to leave their time, only for the Legends to discover that the Justice Society was now wiped out thanks to changes in history. Dr. Stein (Victor Garber) takes command of the Waverider. Sara discovers that Nate is a hemophiliac. The Legends return to help the JSA defeat some Nazis. During the combat, Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) and Vixen (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) are captured but manage to steal some super serum.

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